Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Walmart Arms New Orleans, Thank You So Much Mr. Walton

Isn't it handy? Walmart doesn't just sell baby formula, jeans and cheap crap from China, they also sell guns. So, when the not-quite-worse-case scenario hits New Orleans, you can snag a gun with ammunition. Handy that the ammo AND the guns are sold in the same big emporium. In a country that takes such good care of its poor and is so very concerned about all the guns on the street and cares so deeply about all the deaths from gunshot, how wise it is to just sell guns in third-tier, discount stores. Now, in N.O., you don't have to buy one, you can just snatch one and why the hell wouldn't you? You're dirt poor, remember, and what the hell else do you have?

And here's something else that is bugging me. All of you poised CNN reporters who are on camera, groomed and cool and NOT in New Orleans, shut the hell up about looting. When you are so desperately poor, hot, hungry, angry, confused and what tiny bit you owned is now lost, AND you're still in a city that has pretty much disappeared AND you're stealing a pair of Nike's, so fucking what...who cares? Who the fuck cares? That's NOT the story.

Besides the horror of these people's lives, the story is what was NOT done before this very predictable tragedy happened. They knew it was gonna happen. It's been written about for decades. What they didn't do was adequately prepare for it because you can't get funds from FEMA until after the fact. Digest that.

More later...I'm just so hopping sad and angry right now. Richest country on earth. Big, powerful superpower. Yeah, right.


Blogger ptg said...

If more folks had actually purchased rifles and shotguns from Mr. Waltons armory (that doesn't include handguns), there would have been much less looting. Its just too bad that scum floats.

1:49 PM  
Blogger AM said...

Bayou boy had a similar post about this very thing (since he is in the midst of the hurricane), and he made a good point that a great deal of people in N.O. are dirt poor and couldn't leave the area. Many people are looting because they have nothing, and the few people who are looting just because they are theives, are giving the rest of the people a bad name.

You are right when you say that the reporters aren't focusing enough on the pain and suffering that these families are going through; instead, they would rather write about the "dirt" because it makes for a more interesting story. Sad isn't it?

4:27 PM  
Blogger Mark Gamon said...

I'm watching this from the UK, so forgive me if this is misinformed, but far and away the most striking thing about the news coverage of the hurricane is that 99% of the victims appear to be black. As a BRit, I'm not sure what this means, but I was surprised...

1:21 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

The people who remained in N.O. are mainly the people who could not afford a plane ticket and had no car. The disenfranchised.
Was there a plan in place to assist them in the evacuation? That is what I want to know. If not, I want to see HEADS ROLLING.

8:10 AM  
Blogger granny p said...

Zero tolerance on looting. Yeah yeah yeah. How about zero tolerance on removing funds from levee building to pursue fantasy terrorists - snd the Iraq war? The fact that more effort seems to be spent here on defending property than on providing food water and shelter for people says something to us elsewhere about American values. Don't get me wrong; I love the US of A for so much. At the same time as I hate it. I'm not surprised you're angry LIn. Keep right on with it.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Mickey said...

You`re right about loser-anna not doing something a loooooooong time ago. They were hip that the barriers not withstand anything over a .3 in 1927.
Did nothing.

Thats why nobody but the poor and the black are "situated" right in the eye of probability.Who the hell else would live there.

2:35 PM  

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